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Alexander Marine USA Announces Partnership With Carver Yachts

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 11/15/17

SEATTLE – November, 2017 – Alexander Marine USA, a West Coast yacht brokerage and dealership specializing in yacht sales and aftercare is pleased to announce the addition of Carver Yachts to its new yacht brand offerings.

“As the premier West Coast yacht dealership, Alexander Marine brings the resources and knowledge to the marketplace that Carver owners are looking for when purchasing their boat or current owners need to get service work completed,” Rob Parmentier, president and CEO of Carver Yachts, said in a statement. “With three picturesque backdrops and locations to start from, Alexander Marine is the perfect setting to welcome Carver Yachts, new and old, to
learn what we mean when we say See the Difference or a Boat that is built better… for themselves,” said Parmentier.   Source: Sea Magazine.

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Mercury Marine introduces all-new 15/20hp EFI FourStroke outboard & the world’s first portable outboard tiller handle with ambidextrous control

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 11/15/17

Mercury is proud to launch its innovative new Multi-Function Tiller Handle assembly designed for the 15/20hp EFI FourStroke platform – the world’s first portable outboard tiller that offers ambidextrous operation.

Designed for anglers, recreational family boaters, and commercial operators, Mercury’s new outboard features battery-free EFI for fast, reliable starting, instant throttle response and better overall performance; is among the lightest on the market improving acceleration, top speed and handling, and delivers exceptional fuel economy.  See more information at Powerboat World.

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Big Changes at Seaview Boatyard

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 11/15/17

Seattle, WA, November, 2017– Phil Riise, CEO of Seaview Boatyards, recently announced two promotions and a new hire at Seaview Boatyard. Tiel Riise, former vice president, was promoted to president; Sam Carpenter, former IT manager, was promoted to business manager; and Dennis D’Andria joined Seaview West as operations manager.

As president, Tiel works in conjunction with the management team to coordinate and oversee the operation of the company’s three Seattle and Bellingham boatyards. Working with the CEO he develops and implements the strategic goals of Seaview Boatyard.

“I’m proud to promote my son to replace me as president of Seaview Boatyards,” Phil said. “He’s been working with me at the yards for most of his life and now it’s time for him to take the helm while I step back to enjoy my family and friends.”

Seaview Boatyard operates three full service boatyards in Washington State’s Puget Sound area. Seaview’s state-of-the-art facilities in Seattle, Fairhaven and Bellingham offer recreational boaters, commercial fisherman, and the yachting community cost-effective, efficient and environmentally sustainable boat repair and maintenance services. Source: Sea Magazine

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Owner of Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats, died after a boating accident

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 11/15/17

MARATHON, FLA. - The owner of a Bristol speedboat builder was fatally injured in one of the company's boats in the Florida Keys

Joseph Sgro, 63, owner of Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats, died the day after the boat flipped during a trip from Miami to Key West. The company says the vessel was on its way to be displayed at a race gathering. Click here for more details.

 

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Self-Driving Boats: the Next Tech Transportation Race

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 09/13/17

In this Aug. 15, 2017 photo, computer scientist Mohamed Saad Ibn Seddik, of Sea Machines Robotics, uses a laptop to guide a boat outfitted with sensors and self-navigating software and capable of autonomous navigation in Boston Harbor. The boat still needs human oversight, but some of the world's biggest maritime firms have committed to designing ships that won't need any captains or crews - at least not on board. View full story at US & World News.

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Hurricane Irma: This couple braved storm saving boats at marina

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 09/13/17

Scott and Shara Marconi at the Port of the Islands Marina where they worked tirelessly throughout the storm to keep the boats secured. The Marina is on U.S. 41 north of Everglades City on the west coast of Florida.

View full story here at PalmBeachPost.com

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Crews search for man reported missing in Lake Union

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 07/23/17

SEATTLE (7/23) - Authorities searched for a man reported missing in Seattle's Lake Union Sunday morning.

Police and fire authorities responded to reports of a noise disturbance near the 1900 block of Westlake Avenue North just before 7 a.m. Callers said the noise was coming from a boat in the waters of Lake Union.

The people on the boat said that one of the passengers jumped into the water and never surfaced.

Witnesses on shore say the boat was entering a test course with a few people sitting on the bow. They say the boat appeared to speed up, tossing one of the people from the boat. No search results as of 7pm. Source: KOMO News

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Bainbridge Shooting off a boat in Eagle Harbor

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 07/09/17

A man was shot by police after he emerged naked and stood on the deck of his boat holding a rifle early Sunday, July 9th.

The situation began around 9 p.m. Saturday after a man began firing randomly from a boat in Eagle Harbor....

The subject was randomly shooting at shoreline homes and then at responding officers. After hours of attempting to end the situation peacefully the subject was approached by officers on boats and ultimately shot and killed when he pointed a weapon at the officers. There were no officers or citizens injured," Washington State Patrol spokesman Russ Winger said in a statement released Sunday morning.

The shooter was located near a ferry repair terminal, and the Seattle-Bainbridge ferry was canceled around 10 p.m.  Source: Seattle Patch

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Marina Fire in Everett - 5 boats involved - 4 sank.

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 07/09/17

EVERETT, Wash. -- Five boats were damaged Saturday night as a fire spread through an Everett marina. Four of the boats sank.

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1 Dies, 3 Rescued After Crabbing Boat Swamps Off Naval Station Everett

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 07/02/17

Navy divers were able to save 3 of 4 people who were in a small aluminum boat that swamped just off the pier at Naval Station Everett.

Just before 8:00 AM this morning 9-1-1 began receiving calls of a small boat taking on water. Crews from Everett Fire, Marine Two with Everett Police aboard and Navy rescue all responded and found 4 people at a swamped boat.

One man was unconscious and a navy diver pulled a second man from the water.

CPR was started on two people and all four were taken to Providence Regional Medical Center by Everett Fire crews.

Everett Police impounded the boat and are investigating the incident. The source, MyEverettNews.com does not know if the people in the small boat were wearing life jackets.

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Extreme Sports Park land for sale; sprint boat events for this year canceled

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 07/02/17

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles property where Extreme Sports Park has held sprint boat races annually since 2011 is now for sale and all sprint boat events for this summer are canceled.

Windermere has A2Z Enterprises’ 85-acre property at 2917 W. Edgewood Drive listed at $975,000, calling it a rare opportunity to own heavy-industrial zoned land within city limits.

“It’s going to be very devastating to our community to not have any more events out there,” said Kelie Morrison, whose husband, Dan Morrison, is one of four partners who own A2Z.

“There were a lot of people involved out there that made this event happen, and they hate to see it go away.” View full story here at Peninsula Daily News.

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What is up with the boat launch at American Lake in Lakewood? Another vehicle goes into the water!

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 06/03/17

Truck plunges into water at boat launch in Lakewood - Source: KING 5 News >

This happened at the American Lake boat launch on May 28th. No one was injured, but divers had to be called out to assist with the recovery. Darkness made the recovery difficult the night it happened, so the truck had to sit overnight.

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Enjoy Father's Day weekend with nearly 50 Classic Yacht Association motoryachts at Bell Harbor

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 05/13/17

Approximately 50 Classic Yacht Association - Pacific Northwest Fleet vessels, many of them built prior to World War II, will be on display and most will be open to visitors throughout Father’s Day weekend at the Classic Weekend event at Bell Harbor marina is Seattle. View full Press Release here or visit their website.

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Boat owners may have to get new hull identification numbers

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 05/13/17

The Office of Homeland Security is asking some boat owners to get new hull identification numbers as part of their annual registration process.

New boats are already outfitted with the compliant hull identification numbers. You can find them on the back right hand side of the vessel.

But there are thousands of boat owners who need to get new hull identification numbers and you're not supposed to put your boat in the water until you have them.

Boaters with non-conforming numbers have to hassle getting new plates for their boats, and that will involve a trip to a trophy shop.

Worst of all, no one seems to know what's behind the new requirements for the hull identification numbers. If you register your boat in Washington, contact the Department of Licensing. View full story at KXLY.com...

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Grand theft boat: Scallywags roam Washington’s waters

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 05/13/17

The state is fifth in the nation for boat thefts, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. Florida had the most, followed by California, Texas and North Carolina.

Victims have only a 50 percent of chance of seeing their stolen vessels again. The top five types of stolen craft lead off with personal watercraft (the Jet Ski category), followed by runabout, utility, cruiser and sailboat. Many stolen boats are resold to unsuspecting consumers.

Before buying a boat, inspect it and review its paperwork. Make sure the Hull Identification Numbers all match. View full story at The Olympian...

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Council approves $35K toward Gig Harbor Boat Shop marine railways project

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 05/13/17

The Gig Harbor Boat Shop launched a capital campaign in March to complete the marine railways project at Gig Harbor’s historic Eddon Boatyard.

A presentation at Monday’s City Council meeting from Ally Bujacich, community development director at Gig Harbor Boat Shop, outlined the project and highlighted the importance of the marine railways system to a working boatyard.

A marine railways system is used to pull boats from the water for repair or restoration and to return boats back to the water. The Eddon Boatyard marine railyways will consist of two carriages that slide along a rail powered by a refurbished 1945 electric winch.  View full story here at The News Tribune...

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Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/community/gateway/g-news/article149742409.html#storylink=cpy

Boat hits whale near Whidbey Island

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 04/30/17

A boat hit a whale near Whidbey Island as whale watching vessels packed with spectators witnessed the entire incident.

The whale was a gray whale. It is one that has been spotted for many years in Puget Sound. It was swimming with a couple of other whales when a boat drove right over it. Witnesses say he stopped for a few "moments," then continued. The whale may have been the well-known "Patch," first photographed in the Puget Sound in the 1990s. Source and video at KING 5

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Boat three years in the making launched in Port Townsend

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 04/30/17

The 36-foot Sea Beast, a motor sailor designed and built at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding with the help of students and local businesses, hit the water for the first time Friday April 28th at the Boat Haven Marina. Full story and source: Peninsula Daily News

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Boat sinks, 2 others damaged in blaze at Shilshole Bay Marina - (Seattle) April 8th, 2017

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 04/18/17

Officials say the three boats burst into flames just after 12 a.m. Two of the boats were damaged and a third boat sank.   Source: KOMO

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